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Newsletter Issue 07 - September 2018

IBC just concluded and we're back to regular programming!

But first, if you were at IBC, we hope you had a grand time and that you saw new technologies that could help your organizations. If you visited our stand or met with us during the show, thank you very much! We appreciate your time and all the valuable insights you have shared on where the Broadcast and Media industry is going.

We hope you like the articles we pooled together in this issue. As evidenced by discussion topics at IBC, there's VR's role on TV, A.I. and its application to Sports Production, and blockchain's potential role in media. Of course, we have some articles on the growth of OTT, how broadcasters are challenging (or working with) FAANG, and how the loss of live TV viewing has become an opportunity for connected TV. We know social media isn't going away and is but another avenue for viewing content and engaging with others so we added a couple of articles on regulation and moderation.

So without further ado, let's get on with it!

P.S. For some articles in this issue, you may have to sign-up to read them or get full unlimited access like those from IBC 365 or from The Economist.

New MediaPower Portfolio Products

Original Publish Date: September 14, 2018
Author: MediaPower News

New MediaPower Portfolio Products

Transport and delivery systems for TV and Video are an integral part of our industry. DVEO is a leader in DVB ASI, Transport Streams, MPEG Encoding, and video over IP solutions. So back in July, we added DVEO's transport and delivery offerings to our line-up.

Automation brings many benefits to sports production - from lower costs to more efficient workflows. So we sought out a solution that is now pioneering this field. During IBC, we announced our partnership with Mediapro. Mediapro's AutomaticTV provides intelligent and automated sports production.

The Battle with FAANG

Original Publish Date: September 14, 2018
Author: *Multiple sources: check links for stories below.

The Battle with FAANG

The battle with FAANG is real. For some of us who may not be in the know, FAANG stands for the stock market's five most popular and best-performing tech stocks, namely Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Alphabet’s Google.

With FAANG's huge dominance over video content and streaming, some may wonder if the likes of Netflix and Amazon can be overtaken. But many actions are already being taken to get some share of the pie. Broadcasters have already started to unite (like European Broadcasters banding together) to combat the global SVOD threat. Even telcos are joining the fray in the hope of boosting their own revenues. At IBC, advertisers believe working with FAANG, and not just against them, is an option.

Putting blockchain to work in media

Original Publish Date: August 31, 2018
Author: Ann-Marie Corvin, IBC 365

Putting blockchain to work in media

Its association with cryptocurrency may be a turn off for some broadcasters, but blockchain’s ability to track rights and maximize the monetization of content is at least worthy of experimentation.

What use case is there for a giant global spreadsheet capable of running on millions of computers? One that can secure a rights holder’s IP stake and can confirm who gets paid for what and when without relying on a central authority such as a bank, a rights intermediary or a broadcaster.

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The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People

Original Publish Date: August 24, 2018
Author: Jason Koebler and Joseph Cox, Motherboard

The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People

Social media is a significant avenue for getting informed and viewing content. And while that is mostly good, we cannot discount the bad that comes with it, especially concerning moderation. Although incredibly difficult, regulators have to face up to the task of regulation and moderation.

In this Motherboard article, they look at how moderating billions of posts a week in more than a hundred languages has become Facebook’s biggest challenge, and show how the company is hoping to solve it based on leaked documents and nearly two dozen interviews.

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From Lens to Archive

Management with NewTek's NDI

Original Publish Date: August 09, 2018
Author: ProMAX Systems

From Lens to Archive

ProMAX talks about the basics of NewTek’s NDI [Network Digital Interface], a groundbreaking technology that opens a lot of doors for the video industry. In this 3-part article, ProMAX takes you through an NDI journey and compares it to SDI [Serial Digital Interface], which had been the standard digital interface since 1989.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

White Paper: The Digital Transformation of Publishing and Broadcast

Original Publish Date: August 01, 2018
Author: Gianluca Ferremi, MediaPower OTT Wizard

White Paper: The Digital Transformation of Publishing and Broadcast

In a world that continues to become more and more digital, Broadcast and Publishing organizations are faced with the challenge of lack of capital and know-how to start or develop further their digital division profitably. This white paper offers some answers to the question of how to monetize the consumption of content and services by the digital public - from commercial to technological strategies that allow content providers to activate new revenue streams from the distribution and sale of content and advertising on the web, mobile, and social networks.

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Live TV viewing declines are connected TV viewing gains

Original Publish Date: July 31, 2018
Author: Colin Dixon, nScreenMedia

Live TV viewing declines are connected TV viewing gains

Based on recent data from surveys and studies, live TV viewing is on a decline. This is especially the case for younger audiences who are more disengaged from live TV viewing.

In this article, nScreenMedia states that while live TV viewing decline may indeed be the case, most of the viewing losses for traditional TV transferred directly to the connected TV, and that this is actually an opportunity for connected TV. Even at the Global Game Changers conference at IBC, speakers said that broadcasters must partner with digital platforms to attract younger audiences.

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AI Analysis for Video

Original Publish Date: July 12, 2018
Author: Epiphan Systems

AI Analysis for Video

AI Analysis tools for video are beginning to emerge in 2018. Epiphan Video takes a look at several interesting use cases on the cutting edge of AI video technology in their July 12 live show.

Live @ Epiphan is a weekly live show covering topics related to live streaming, video technology, video production and best practices for content creators.

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How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s On Tonight

Original Publish Date: July 05, 2018
Author: Sapna Maheshwari, The New York Times

How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s On Tonight

We think this is an insightful article on viewer tracking. Amidst growing concern over online data and user privacy, the New York Times looks at TV viewer tracking, mainly how Samba TV and other companies track viewer information to make personalized recommendations to US viewers.

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How Netflix became a billion-dollar titan

Original Publish Date: July 04, 2018
Author: The Economist

How Netflix became a billion-dollar titan

This article from The Economist tracks the unprecedented growth of Netflix, having started as a DVD-rental firm in 2000 before moving into streaming in 2011, and now being a powerhouse industry in and of itself, that other content producers and media companies are trying to catch up with.

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Why VR matters to the TV industry

Original Publish Date: July 04, 2018
Author: Alina Mikhaleva, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Sperica, for MIP Blog

Why VR matters to the TV industry

This MIP Blog guest article looks at why the TV industry should pay more attention than ever to VR, as evidenced in MIPTV 2018.

Even our friends from IBC seem to agree as they posted their own article "Is mixed reality the future of immersive entertainment?" last July 30, and followed up with a roundup of the latest production techniques for immersive content.

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Can Disney catch up with Netflix?

Original Publish Date: July 03, 2018
Author: IBC 365

Can Disney catch up with Netflix?

In the remote case that you missed it, Disney has shared its OTT plans earlier this year which includes, of course, the launch of its own OTT service next year. Back in August, the New York Times published more details of Disney's upcoming service. In this July article, IBC investigates whether Disney can catch up to Netflix and whether it has what it takes to be one of the bigger players.

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What Separates Artificial Intelligence from Automation?

Original Publish Date: July 02, 2018
Author: Rebecca Lindley for The Broadcast Bridge

What Separates Artificial Intelligence from Automation?

More so than many other technology trends, artificial intelligence (AI) has quickly become one of the main buzzwords in broadcast and media production. As a result, marketers in every area of the industry are now presenting products that integrate AI to deliver better production workflows. Increasingly though, the definition of AI has become somewhat cloudy – many automation-centric tools are being mislabeled as intelligent.

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Is AI ready for its primetime sports production closeup?

Original Publish Date: June 29, 2018
Author: Adrian Pennington, SVG Europe

Is AI ready for its primetime sports production closeup?

In this SVG article, it is said that while much is being made of the potential of artificial intelligence and machine learning to scale up live sports production dramatically, caution is being urged by the very vendors developing AI workflows.

While we at MediaPower agree that A.I. is in its infancy, there are automated sports production solutions already which pave the way for A.I. to mature and progress into complete sports production, such as Mediapro's AutomaticTV.

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